At DRMP Since:
“I feel that DRMP’s leadership focused on bringing together our construction staff’s qualifications, experience and knowledge with DRMP’s outstanding reputation for providing quality engineering services to enable the CEI Division to be successful. Today, with that continued support we are thriving and growing in a highly competitive market.”
What inspired you to choose your career path?
My father was a lifer in the US Air Force. As an “Air Force brat” we traveled all the time. My parents were from North Carolina, but we lived in Alabama, New Mexico, Missouri, Colorado, etc. I remember being very young and traveling back and forth from North Carolina to wherever. Since I was the youngest, I was always in tow and had to go along with my parents on these trips. I recall noticing and recognizing the many different types of bridges. In addition, there was a TV show in the late ‘60’s early ‘70’s called “Family Affair”. The main character was a Civil Engineer who traveled all over the world building bridges.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
Building things - I like being involved and seeing construction progress.
What are you most passionate about?
Family! My wife and I have been blessed with each other’s company for almost 30 years. We have three great kids and a daughter-in-law. We both have big families and staying in touch with all of them as often as we can is a big task since we have 13 siblings between the two of us.
What is your greatest challenge?
Being patient. I am a doer and I like to see things being accomplished and completed.
Name an important "lessons learned" moment you have experienced.
Everyone and every project is somewhat different. As such, you cannot manage either staff or projects the same way each time. You have to be aware and recognize differences in employees and projects on an everyday basis and be able to adapt to these differences. As far as staff, I try to recognize the things they’re good at or enjoy doing and encourage them to continue doing so. For any items that an employee is not as good at doing or does not want to do, I try to make a little more effort to become involved and assist them, even if it’s just encouragement. Similarly with projects, if a project is going well, I minimize my involvement and let those who are involved on a daily basis manage to the best of their ability. If things are not going well, I know and understand the importance of becoming involved and will do so on an as-needed basis.